The Premier Dance School in The Kansas City area

Celebrating Over 50 Years of Dance! 

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2022 Fall Schedule Fall Camps

Upcoming Events:

NOW ENROLLING 6 WEEK SESSION!   October 3rd through November 12th!

ENCANTO CAMP!
October 15th 2:00-4:00, ages 4-6

MOVIE NIGHT
October 21st 6:00-8:30, ages 6 and up

HALLOWEEN PARTIES
October 22nd through October 27th


SANTA BABY HOLIDAY SHOW
December 4th, 2022
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Still undecided about activities for your child? Here is how Leigh’s School of Dance plans to keep our studios a safe space for our dance families:

– Small class sizes in our big studios! – Spaced out markers  on the dance floor to keep space between everyone, limited mixing and mingling, and more to provide a since of normalcy for your child and a happy dance experience. – Hand sanitizer is outside the door of every studio. Dancers will put it on before entering every class and as the dancers leave. – The studios are cleaned before, in between, and after all classes are done for the evening. – UV air purifiers in all air units in order to provide fresher, more filtered air and to help disinfect and stop the spread of germs. LSOD has been serving the Olathe Community for 52 years and strives to keep our studio a safe, healthy, and positive environment for all dancers and families who walk in the door!
Why choose Leigh’s School of Dance?

Our dance studio is one of the longest running and most respected dance schools in the region!

We offer a safe, family environment as well as a professional training environment.

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What Our Clients Say

With 52 years of experience in teaching dance, we have thousands of clients who understand the value and sense of family our studio offers.

“My youngest girls have grown up in this studio.  The teachers have been excellent role models….One of my girls is going to college now to study dance and I owe a big thank you to the teachers at Leigh’s who believed in her and mentored her since she was a little girl.  If your looking for a supportive ”dance family.  Leigh’s dance school is it!

Lisa H
Mother

“All the teachers at Leigh’s school of dance make you feel welcomed and important, no matter what level of dancer you are.  You can feel the positive energy when you walk in the studio!”

Mary M
Mother

“Our family loves being involved in multiple activities.  We have always  been able to find a balance that let’s our kids keep dance in their lives.  Leigh’s instructors will take the time to listen and work with your family so your kids can be a part of Leigh’s dance family!  We have been members since 2008!”

Vanessa O
Mother

Our Awesome Team

Here is a short introduction to some of our team

Leigh Allen

Founder

Leigh started our school of dance in 1970.  Having led our dance teams to win hundreds of awards, she still loves to teach and coach students to excellence.


Nyree Allen

Director

 Nyree began her career assisting her mother in dance class when she was 12 years old.  She moved to California to pursue her love of dance.  She taught at a studio and was a middle school dance coach in the Los Angeles area for 10 years.  She has been back teaching children and adults with us for the past 12 years.  She is happy to be sharing her love of dance here at Leighs School of Dance.


Shannon Drewes

Instructor

Shannon has been dancing since she was two years old. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Dance from Illinois State University. She has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical and Team Dance. This is her first year teaching at Leigh’s and she is super excited to share her passion of dance!


Jessica Para

Instructor

Jessica has been dancing for 22 years and teaching for 8 years with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from Southeast Missouri State University.  She has worked with many top dance companies including Big Muddy, Keigwin & Company and Giordano Dance.  


Stacy Sneed

Instructor

Stacy has been part of the Leigh’s family for many years. Stacy started her dance journey taking recreation class that led to her joining the competition team. Through high school Stacy was Miss Leigh’s dance assistant. This is when Stacy discovered her joy of teaching. She has been instructing classes for 14 years now.  Stacy is full of fun and energy. Introducing old school styles with the latest trends in jazz and hip hop.


Tessa Duncan

Instructor

Theresa “TESSA” Duncan is from Topeka, Kansas where she started training in dance at 3 years old from Barbara’s Conservatory of Dance for 15 years. While in Topeka, Tessa danced with Ballet Midwest and received training from Kansas City Ballet and Joffrey Ballet in New York City. After high school, Tessa attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Tessa has performed alongside Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company as well as Quixotic. After graduation from UMKC, Tessa realized she has a passion for teaching and decided to pursue that. She currently works for Kansas City Ballet as a Community Teaching Artist and is working to receive her MA in Teaching Elementary Education from Western Governors University. Tessa is excited to be starting at Leigh’s and could not ask for a better place to share her knowledge of dance as well as continue pursuing her passion for teaching.


Annalee Petersen

Instructor

Annalee began her dance journey around 20 years ago when she started at Leigh’s School of Dance at 3 years old. When she was a freshman in high school, she took her dance career a step further and decided to become an assistant. Once she graduated from high school and took a year off of dance, she realized dance was her passion and became a teacher at age 21. She says she is so grateful to be able to teach at the studio she danced at and hopes to inspire the next generation of LSOD dancers.


Trysten Glenn

Instructor

Trysten is pursuing a BA in dance at KU. She has been a part of Leigh’s School of Dance since she was 9 and began assisting classes at the age of 13. She is excited to begin her teaching career!


Sophie Yancey

Instructor

Sophie graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City with an emphasis in ballet and modern. She was raised in Independence, Missouri, and began dancing at the age of three under the instruction of Christine Palmer at the Craig Dance Studio of Independence. Sophie also danced with several other studios in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Sophie has loved to dance since she was a child, and particularly enjoys choreography and teaching. She danced competitively as a teenager, and began teaching and choreographing for other dancers at a young age as well. As a young adult, she had the opportunity to attend intensives at the Kansas City Ballet, Dramatic Truth School of the Arts, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater in Chicago. She has performed in Deanna Hiett’s Ecifircas and Gary Abbott’s Breaking the Damn 2014 and was honored to have been chosen as part of a small group of UMKC students that were asked to perform in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria in the fall of 2014. Sophie has previously also performed professionally with Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre for one season. With the Kansas City Dance Collective (formerly known as VidaDance), Sophie has performed many featured roles. Most notably, she has premiered the character of Clara in Cracked! A Reimagined Kansas City Nutcracker and Frankie in Turning the Page, and choreographed Teabiotics for Cracked! and Party Scene in the Fringe! Festival 2022.